SMS415 - Systems Studies III

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Subject Title
Systems Studies III

Subject Description
This course provides accounting students with sufficient knowledge of contemporary information systems, enabling them to participate alongside information systems professionals in the design, development, implementation and operation of management information systems. Students are introduced to various approaches and methodologies used in systems analysis and design. In addition, this course explores areas such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), E-Commerce, E-Business, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and system risk and control issues

Credit Status
For information regarding exemptions for courses included in CPA’s Advanced Certificate in Accounting & Finance (ACAF) program please see

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Discuss how Information systems (IS) transform business processes and help organizations take advantage of synergies and network-based strategies to achieve a competitive advantage.

2. Discuss IT infrastructure and its components including current trends in computer hardware and software platforms.

3. Identify internet technology strategies to use the internet and internet technology to support communications and e-business, and to help identify opportunities for strategic IS application.

4. Identify application software and systems (ERP, SCM, CRM, e-payment etc.) and explain how they support e-commerce, m-commerce, digital markets and knowledge management systems.

5. Using the principles of database design and main technologies for accessing information, explain how relational database management systems (RDBMS) improve performance and decision making.

6. Explain the core activities of the IS development process and how new IS produces organizational change.

7. Analyze an organization’s security and control framework and identify aspects that make it vulnerable to destruction, error and/or abuse. Conduct a risk assessment including reviewing security policy, disaster recovery plan, business continuity plan and tools for safeguarding information (firewalls, anti-virus software, encryption etc.)

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Pre-requisites: SMS315, ACC416 and EAC150
Co-requisites: EAC349 or EAC394 and ACC433

Topic Outline

1   Introduction to Information Systems Ch 1
2   The Personal & Social Impact of Computers Ch 2
3   Hardware: Input, Processing, and Output Devices Ch 3
4   Software: Systems &  Application Software Ch 4
5   Topic Test #1
Database Systems, Data Centres, and Business Intelligence
Ch 1 to 4
Ch 5
6   Database Systems, Data Centres, and Business Intelligence
Systems Development: Investigation and Analysis
Ch 5
Ch 12
7   Systems Development: Investigation and Analysis
Systems Development: Design, Implementation, Maintenance, and Review
Ch 12
Ch 13
8   Systems Development: Design, Implementation, Maintenance, and Review
Telecommunications and Networks 
Ch 13
Ch 6
9   Telecommunications and Networks 
The Internet,  Web, Intranets, and Extranets
Ch 6
Ch 7
10   Topic Test #2
The Internet,  Web, Intranets, and Extranets
Ch 5, 6, 12, 13
Ch 7
11   Electronic and Mobile Commerce Ch 8
12   Enterprise Systems
Information and Decision Support Systems
Ch 9
13   Knowledge Management  and Specialized Information Systems Ch 11
14   Exam Week  
The topic outline is subject to change.

Mode of Instruction
Classroom lectures and discussions are supplemented by lab sessions with the instructor, reinforced by assigned readings and assignments.

Prescribed Texts
TITLE:  Information Systems: A Manager's Guide to Harnessing Technology
EDITIONS: 6th Edition
AUTHOR: John Gallauger
ISBN: 9781453385012 (online version)

updated 6/13/2018

Reference Material
Students will be required to search the Web for articles and information as required.

Microsoft Excel 2010 - New Perspectives Comprehensive, Parsons, Oja, Ageloff, Carey.  Course Technology.  ISBN# 978-0-538-74291-7

Seneca Libraries. Guide to Research and Citation: MLA Style. Latest  Ed. Toronto: Seneca College

Required Supplies
One 1GB USB memory stick

While the College has computer labs and computers in the College’s library available to students to conduct searches on the Internet and do other computer related work and assignments, the Program encourages its students to have computer resources at home to further familiarize themselves with information technology and working with the Internet.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Topic Tests (2 tests – each 20%)    40%
Student-team based presentations (2)    30%
Comprehensive Final Exam    30%
TOTAL  100%

Please note that there is no final examination.


Missed tests are recorded as zero marks, except in case of documented circumstances beyond the student's control such as serious illness.  There are no make-up tests.


Late Assignments and Tests

It is expected that all students will read assigned material before class and participate in in-class discussion. 
There are no makeup tests/exams unless arrangements are made with the professor prior to the test/exam date. In addition the approval of late submssion or makeup tests/exams will follow the guidelines within Seneca's Academic policy.
Assignment/project due dates, as applicable, will be provided by your instructor.  Late submissions will be subject to penalties.
English Competency
The ability to communicate effectively is essential for success in business. Therefore, you must demonstrate English competency in this subject in both oral and written work. Strive to be clear and concise. Ensure your written work is consistent with the rules of English grammar, especially in sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation. Always spell-check, edit, and proof-read your work.

Language Across the Curriculum Rubric
Clear   Confusing  
Good Detail   Lacks Detail  
Easy to Follow   Difficult to Follow  
Answers Question   Evades Question  

Seneca College Library Resources

Be sure to begin all your research, assignment support and career preparation at the Seneca College libraries website where you will find information about our services and collections including, print and e-books, databases that will lead you to thousands of articles in magazines, newspapers, journals, encyclopedias, carefully selected websites, how-to tutorials, streamed videos and much more.

Accounting & Financial Services Subject Guide

Go to for an online customized guide for accounting and financial services students that meets specific program needs – you will find library resources, websites, industry associations and organizations, a business glossary, career sites for accounting and financial services students and more.


For rules on citing your sources, consult Seneca Libraries' online MLA Citation Guide at, or purchase a print copy of the Guide to Research & Citation: MLA Style in the Seneca Bookstore.
Ensure that you do not commit plagiarism. Information on academic honesty, including the Academic Honesty and Plagiarism tutorial is available through the library at:

Program Coordinator
Cynthia Duncan

Approved by: Chair - Business Studies Danielle Mercier